Western Europe

German police disperse far-right armed patrols on border with Poland

19:38, 24 October 2021
German police disperse far-right armed patrols on border with Poland Photo: twitter.com/Denise02456255

Supporters of the far-right Third Way party gathered to prevent migrants from penetrating the country.

On Sunday German police forces stopped around five dozen vigilantes patrolling the Polish border. The supporters of the far-right party the Third Way carried pepper sprays, a bayonet, a machete, and batons to block migrants trying to enter Germany.

The Third Way has earlier called on its followers to gather near the frontiers to stop illegal crossings. The party possibly linked with the neo-Nazi movement aroused the anger of residents of the town of Guben not far from the border with Poland. Locals held a manifestation in the town to express opposition to the vigilance dubbed fascist.

During a night raid, police officers made around 50 vigilantes leave the region and confiscated their ammunition. Police representatives report that some of those patrolling arrived in Guben from other parts of the country.

Shortly after the mission, Germany’s interior minister announced that authorities have deployed another 800 policemen near the Polish border to restrict the influx of migrants and prevent clashes with other patrolling groups.

"Hundreds of officers are currently on duty there day and night. If necessary, I am prepared to reinforce them even further," Minister of the Interior, Building and Community Horst Seehofer said in a statement.

However, the government is not expected to take further steps until the recently elected social democrats led by Olaf Scholz form a new coalition government.

According to the interior ministry’s data, more than 6,100 illegal entries have been recorded in 2021.